A speech by The Queen at The Queen Elizabeth prize for Engineering, 2013
I have long held an admiration for the work of engineers, a sentiment that is shared by other members of my family.
I have long held an admiration for the work of engineers, a sentiment that is shared by other members of my family. As you rightly say, Prince Philip has been associated, as the Senior Fellow, with the Royal Academy of Engineering since it was founded in 1976. He joins me in congratulating the winners of this, the inaugural prize, and in thanking all of you who made it possible.
Throughout history, engineers have served their neighbours, their towns and their countries by making tools, machines and countless other things that improve every aspect of life. From information technology to medical science and mining, from building roads to space travel, engineers are working to make a difference to our standard of living, and with it our health, wealth and happiness. At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.
These days, engineering is seldom a solo effort and is increasingly a global endeavour. The winners of the first prize are a splendid example of this - five individuals across two continents who have completely transformed the way we communicate, do business and share knowledge. Our congratulations go not only to the winners, but also to their colleagues and teams.
The Internet and the World Wide Web have brought the world and its people together in ways we could not have imagined sixty, or even thirty, years ago. And so, I have great pleasure in giving my name to this Prize. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering recognises those who have brought benefits across the globe. It is right that we should celebrate those achievements, given that engineering is a modest profession, which tends not to blow its own trumpet.
I have every hope that this Prize will be an aspiration of the international engineering community and an inspiration to young people everywhere, by letting them know that it is an exciting time to become an engineer and that by joining this profession they, too, can make a real impact on the way we live our lives.
A Message from Her Majesty The Queen on the opening of the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore following the success of the Bangalore Conference in 2014. I am very grateful...
The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message, 10 March 2014
The understanding that we belong together, and are able, through teamwork, to achieve far more than we could do alone, has always been at the heart of our approach.
The Queen's message to Tim Peake as he joins the International Space Station
A speech by The Queen at the opening of High Speed 1, St Pancras International
The remarkable re-birth of this great and gleaming station means that people across the whole of Britain, not just the south-east, are suddenly quite a bit closer to Europe.
State Banquet in Singapore, 17 March 2006
The links between Britain and Singapore are as strong as ever, and our future relationship is bright indeed.
State Banquet, President of the People's Republic of China, 8 November 2005
It matters to all of us what kind of country China's people will build.
Hôtel De Ville in Toulouse, French State Visit, 7 April 2004
Links between Britain and Toulouse have existed over many centuries.
National Space Centre in Leicester, 1 August 2002
Over this Jubilee summer I have travelled widely, but I hope I will be forgiven for having limited my tour to the earth's surface.